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News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (Sept. 21, 2014)
AlertUR, URMC changes, president outlines growth; Eastman to appear on ESPN2, bookstores are moving, flu vaccine for 5,000
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SEPT. 21, 2014

News and Announcements

Alert UR Test Set for Thursday

The fall semester test of AlertUR, the University’s emergency notification system, will occur at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate and test the AlertUR system, which sends voice, text, and email messages in the event of an emergency. Before the test, be sure to review your contact information; sign in with your NetID and password to verify the fastest method for reaching you. The Sept. 25 test will not disrupt scheduled activities.

Berk, Taubman to Transition as Medical Center Leaders

President Joel Seligman has named School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark Taubman to be the next senior vice president for health sciences and Medical Center CEO, succeeding Bradford Berk, who has announced that he plans to transition from those roles to launch a new Rochester Neurorestorative Institute at the Medical Center. Taubman will remain as dean and begin serving the dual role on Jan. 1. Read more...

President Urges University Community to ‘Think Boldly’

In his annual fall address to the Faculty Senate, President Joel Seligman outlined a number of areas of growth at the University. “Universities succeed when they do not stand still,” Seligman said. “Our work is never done. As our Strategic Planning and Campus Master Plan initiatives have and will illustrate, we progress most effectively when we challenge ourselves to think boldly, to stretch to achieve ennobling goals.” Read the full speech.

Eastman Professor, Students Set to Appear on ESPN Show

The ESPN2 show E:60 is scheduled to feature James VanDenmark, professor of double bass at the Eastman School, and his class as they participate in boxing classes to build strength and stamina—and in turn enhance their performances as musicians. The episode is expected to air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, on ESPN2. Read more about VanDenmark and his class.

Bookstores to Close for Move to College Town

The River Campus and Medical Center bookstores remind faculty, staff, and students to make necessary purchases before the stores close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in order to move to the new College Town location. There will be no physical bookstore until the new Barnes & Noble store opens at 1305 Mt. Hope Avenue on Monday, Oct. 13. The bookstore's website will be operational during the move and will offer current term textbooks, a selection of school supplies, and University clothing and gifts. Online orders may take more than 48 hours to fulfill during the move; arrangements for "pickup at store" orders will be made on an individual basis. Email or call 275-4012 with questions.

Campus-wide Flu Vaccine Clinic Set for Oct. 30

The University Health Service will hold a campus-wide flu-vaccine clinic for all students, staff, and faculty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Goergen Athletic Center. All River Campus–based students and employees are encouraged to participate in the clinic and receive their flu shot this year. The clinic aims to issue 5,000 vaccinations throughout the day. The purpose is to serve as a test of campus-emergency preparedness by practicing the delivery of mass quantities of a vaccine in response to an urgent public health concern. In addition to UHS, the effort is sponsored by the River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team, University Environmental Health and Safety, and the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness. Students with high-risk health conditions and those who may not be on campus Oct. 30 can receive flu shots at UHS any time, by appointment.

From Brain to Business—Challenge to Innovators

The Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctural Affairs invites graduate students to participate in its "Brain Startup Challenge," which aims to guide the process of innovation from idea to commercialization. An afternoon of presentations on Monday, Sept. 29, will outline the purpose of the challenge, and feature speakers who have firsthand experience creating start-up ventures. It begins at 3 p.m. in room G-9425 in the Medical Center.

Fiction Writer: Reality Can Surprise, Too

Joanna Scott, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the University's Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, mixes fiction with real-life family lore in her new novel. De Potter's Grand Tour was inspired by Scott's childhood delight in the tales and left-behind trinkets of her late great-grandfather—as well as his diaries that she later discovered would reveal some disquieting truths behind the man's facade. Read more...

Communities Considering Fracking Face Questions

A new report examines potential health-related issues facing communities in areas of the country suitable for natural gas extraction. The hope is that the study, which was coauthored by Katrina Korfmacher, director of the University's Environmental Health Sciences Center’s Community Outreach and Engagement Core, will shape future research around communities’ health questions and inform their decision-making. Read more...

Lecture to Cover Protection of Intellectual Property

A talk from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, will provide an overview of the four traditional areas of intellectual property: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Reid Cunningham, an IP attorney with UR Ventures, will present the lecture, which is part of the University's Intellectual Property and Commercializing Technology Series. Lunch is provided; please bring a beverage. Read more and to RSVP.

Epidemiologist to Discuss Health Inequities

The fourth annual Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship in Public Health, titled "Tackling Worldwide Health Inequities: Is the Evidence Failing Us?", will feature epidemiologist Patricia O’Campo, director of St. Michael’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health and professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. The talk is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow in the atrium of the Saunders Research Building. Click here for more information and to register.

Create and Teach a Course for High School Kids

University faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni have through Friday, Sept. 26, to submit proposals for the 2015 summer session of precollege programs. Participating faculty have the opportunity to engage in youth outreach and share knowledge with eager audiences. Going into its 25th year, the program continues to attract motivated, enthusiastic, and energetic students. Email for details. Complete a course proposal form.

Students to Present Their Theses

The following PhD defenses are scheduled in the coming weeks:
Zhe Gao, electrical and computer engineering, "Theory, Modeling and Design of the Indirect-Feedback Sigma-delta Image Sensor System," Friday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m., Computer Studies Building (426). Adviser: Mark Bocko.
Jie Xu, electrical and computer engineering, “Energy-Efficient, High-Speed Integrated Circuits for Emerging Computing and Sensing Applications,” Friday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m., Computer Studies Building (426). Adviser: Hui Wu.
Alden Jurling, Institute of Optics, "Advances in Algorithm for Image Based Wavefront Sensing," Monday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m., Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics. Adviser: James Fineup.

UHS Welcomes Wellness of Body, Mind, and Relationships

The University Health Service's Health Promotion Office is offering two weeks of health talks starting Monday. Included on the schedule are:
• "Eat Well—Healthy Choices Everywhere" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Tiernan Community Center;
• “Taking Interest in Your Inner Being” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Havens Lounge in Wilson Commons;
• “Healthy Relationships” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Friel Lounge in Susan B. Anthony Hall.

There is a meeting planned for each day of the week; "like" the UHS Health Promotion Office on Facebook for event dates, times, and locations.

Professor to Review Bioinformatics Programs

Join Helene McMurray, assistant professor of biomedical genetics, for "Intro to Bioinformatics Consulting/Education Services" to learn about the bioinformatics resources and education services being developed at the Medical Center. The session will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Class of '62 Auditorium at the Medical Center, with a reception to follow in Flaum Atrium.

Rochester in the News

Cancer-Studies Grant Highest in Decade for University

Rochester Business Journal (Sept. 18)
The National Cancer Institute has awarded an $18.5 million grant to the Wilmot Cancer Institute. Marked for the institute's Cancer Control and Survivorship program, the five-year grant will fund a study of cancer-related side effects.

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